Secretariat - The Movie
opens next week in the US. A feminist
or a Christian
angle might wring some suspense out of one of the least underdoggy sports stories ever filmed, but at least it's an excuse watch Secretariat's three perfect Triple Crown races again.
The Kentucky Derby
, relentless come-from-behind classic. For a sense of the speed-- the unfortunate Sham, coming in two lengths behind, is also breaking the track record.
The unique backstretch run in the Preakness Stakes
, may well be the fastest a horse has ever moved. If you watch one race, it should be the transcendent Belmont Stakes
. With Inspirational Soundtrack! [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse
on Oct 2, 2010 -
Women's Pro Tennis Turns 40.
Women's professional tennis was launched by World Tennis
magazine publisher Gladys Heldman
40 years ago on September 23, 1970, with a tournament that had nine entrants and $7,500 in prizes. The original nine
were Billy Jean King and Rosemary Casals along with the lesser known Peaches Bartkowicz, Judy Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville, Kristy Pigeon, Nancy Richey and Valerie Ziegenfuss. A year later, King became the first female athlete to earn six figures in her sport. In the '80s, Martina Navratilova became the first to earn $1 million. Today the WTA Tour
is an $85 million-a-year sport. "We wanted to make sure that any young girl, if she was good enough and if she wanted to, would have the opportunity to make a living playing tennis," King said.
posted by rcade
on Sep 24, 2010 -
Today, Deadspin leaked financial documents
detailing the finances of several MLB teams, including a few that are getting revenue sharing money. They show that several of MLB's "poorest" franchises turned a profit due to these cash infusions. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Pelé and Maradona:
the glorious, ludicrous feud between soccer's two biggest stars. In the summer of 2000, FIFA, which does not understand computers, decided to celebrate the arrival of the millennium by hosting an online poll. Its object: to determine the best soccer player of the past 100 years, with the victor to be fêted at a gaudy banquet in Rome. The organizers of the vote assumed it would be won by Pelé, soccer's silky ambassador, who'd been cheerfully ensconced in his Greatest of All Time sinecure for 40 years.
posted by Fizz
on Aug 10, 2010 -
Chelsea Baker throws like a girl.
Of course, she is a 13 year old girl, so that is to be expected. She is a pitcher that went 12-0 with 2 perfect games in the Plant City FL Little League this season. She hasn't been tagged with a loss in 4 years. Her secret is the knuckleball that was taught to her by a former coach, retired MLB pitcher Joe Niekro
posted by COD
on Jul 26, 2010 -
may be the greatest mare ever. Even if your not normally into race horses, it's worth seeing this one, there may not be another like her. Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote Seabiscuit
, explains why
(NPR 6min). [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 17, 2010 -
They were one of history’s greatest teams. But by the late 2000s, Pro Vercelli were entrenched in the lower leagues, their glorious past forgotten. Until one day, a man bought a video game. Read the uplifting saga of a small-town Italian club, an unknown American manager, triumph, betrayal, passion, and several extremely good recipes, from start to finish [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jul 3, 2010 -
Joeurt Puk (aka Joe Cook) is the father of Cambodian baseball. In this feature
by ESPN, Patrick Hruby looks into Cook's background and finds that Cook may not be the tireless philanthropist he claims to be. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on May 19, 2010 -
Students at the University of Mississippi voted
yesterday to help select a new mascot. The previous mascot, Colonel Reb
, a white-bearded old man with a cane and wide-brimmed hat, was removed
from sporting events in 2003. There is now a student-led effort
"Star Wars" character Admiral Ackbar
(video of Ackbar saying "It's a trap!" here
) as the new mascot. This effort includes a Facebook group
and twitter account
. The slogan is, "This time it's not a trap." Officials at the University say "No chance
." Meanwhile, the "Save Colonel Reb Foundation
" has sponsored a series of radio ads, including this one.
posted by bguest
on Feb 24, 2010 -
The Who Dat nation is composed of long-suffering
, divinely inspired (?)
, and - as of tonight - very happy
citizens. What's the deal with "Who Dat," anyway?
posted by honeydew
on Feb 7, 2010 -
Double Full Full Full, annotated
(NYT video, reg REq'd) U.S. Olympic Team aerial skier Ryan St. Onge and a science reporter describe via video the physics going on as he executes a triple backflip with four twists.
Also, the snowboard halfpipe
. (Don't ask me why a triple backflip with four twists is called a "double full full full")
posted by planetkyoto
on Feb 3, 2010 -
The Magisterial Goal
. YouTube/Essay on the great British sports announcer Ray Hudson and his literary metaphoric style. “Look at him, so languid, look at him walking. He’s like a big, beautiful zombie, Riquelme. He just strolls around…like smoke off a cigarette.” [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 2, 2010 -
At 104, fit & spry Joe Rollino
was the last classic strongman
-- the sport of strength athletics
, which evolved into modern bodybuilding. Standing 5'10" and weighing a mere 145 pounds
, he was a fixture on Coney Island
, known for feats of strength like 450 pound teeth lifts, or bending quarters with his fingers. Rollino also boxed in the 1920's as "Kid Dundee"
, and returned from World War II decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Joe Rollino never drank, never smoked, was a lifetime vegetarian and a confirmed bachelor. He died today
after being struck by a minivan.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Jan 11, 2010 -
Malcolm Gladwell did an article about this in the New Yorker, but this GQ article
shows the opposition the researchers who discovered CTE faced from the NFL.
posted by reenum
on Dec 19, 2009 -
At the beginning of the '09 season a young rookie coach named Pep Guardiola was appointed manager
of FC Barcelona, one of the top teams in European football. One year later, the team plays 19th December in Abu Dhabi against Estudiantes for the Club World Cup, the cusp of association football season. Guardiola had taken a talented but stagnating team to the top, a prometean figure that brought the philosophy he had inherited
playing for historical player Johann Cruyff almost 20 years before. [more inside]
posted by valdesm
on Dec 17, 2009 -
The Confessions of an NBA Scorekeeper
Gawker's Tommy Craggs talks with an ex-scorekeeper for the Vancouver Grizzlies, and reveals the subjectivity of stat keeping in the NBA.
This guy once gave Nick Van Exel 23 assists just because he felt like it.
posted by reenum
on Dec 11, 2009 -
The 10 Most Horrific Sports Injuries Ever
WARNINGS: Some of the videos/images are rough to look at (breaking limbs, one bloody hockey accident, nude Steve Yeager) and it's clearly US-centric (it doesn't mention that Rugby League dude who was jamming his finger in his opponents anuses).
posted by Mayor Curley
on Nov 28, 2009 -